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Crusaders Kick Off Kutztown Invitational Friday
Krystyna Johnson and the Crusaders began play Friday. (Ashley Busiel)
Krystyna Johnson and the Crusaders began play Friday. (Ashley Busiel)

Friday, January 28, 2011

#13 Valparaiso split its six matches at the Kutztown Invitational Friday afternoon, closing the first day of the three-day competition in Reading, Pa. in ninth place out of the 28 competing teams.

The Crusaders kicked off action at the three-day tournament Friday, contested in four-game baker format, with a standout performance against #11 Saint Francis (N.Y.), downing the Terriers 864-780.  Valpo fell in its next matchup against #12 Vanderbilt, 874-791, and then dropped a heartbreaker in its third match versus St. Peter's, 726-725.

Another tough loss greeted the Crusaders in their fourth match of the day, as Valpo dropped a 891-731 decision to #17 Delaware State.  But a pair of wins closed the day for the Crusaders, as they first defeated #16 Norfolk State 731-691 before defeating #18 Florida A&M by an 802-667 count.

Valparaiso (42-34) returns to action for the second of three days of action Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. CST.

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler